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Your Place is in the Kitchen, Not on a Fire Truck

Your Place is in the Kitchen, Not on a Fire Truck

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:31am
Last week, we filed a friend-of-the court brief in support of Aimee Greene, a firefighter who faced discrimination and harassment while working in the Buckeye Valley Fire District in Arizona. Despite having college degrees in firefighting, thousands of hours of firefighting experience, and consistently positive job evaluations, Aimee was denied a promotion to captain. In fact, when it became known within the firehouse that a woman wanted to be a captain, Aimee's male coworkers turned on her, calling her abusive names, telling her she had no "right" to seek promotion, and making her do training drills alone while the others watched and mocked her. Aimee was told that her place was in the kitchen, not on a fire truck.
Taking a Stand Against a 21st Century Scarlet Letter

Taking a Stand Against a 21st Century Scarlet Letter

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 10:49am

Today, we filed suit in federal court on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother who was fired when her employer learned that she was pregnant. Jennifer's employer – a religiously-affiliated community organization called Inside Out – says that…

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 1:15pm

Last Friday, a committee of the New York City Council attempted to answer a simple question: Why is it that in the year 2013, only 37 of 10,500 firefighters in New York City are women? Why is it that only a fraction of one percent of New York City's…

Exposing the "Secret Punishment" of Incarcerated Children

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 12:06pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Yesterday, a task force appointed by New York governor David Paterson issued its report on the state's juvenile justice system. The report acknowledges the findings of the ACLU's 2006 report, Custody and Control…

Understanding Marital Status Discrimination as Sex Discrimination

Understanding Marital Status Discrimination as Sex Discrimination

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 3:19pm

Last month, we filed a complaint on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother who was fired for becoming pregnant while unmarried. Jennifer's case is one of a growing number of challenges to employers who fire unmarried workers for becoming pregnant…

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Puts Free Speech at Risk

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Puts Free Speech at Risk

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 12:10pm

Yesterday, we filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court in a case called United States Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, opposing the so-called "Anti-Prostitution Pledge." The Pledge is a…

Your Body, Your Decisions – This Means You, Moms!

Your Body, Your Decisions – This Means You, Moms!

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 1:57pm

Recently, a mother in South Carolina reached out to the ACLU for help. She was pregnant, and although she had had two prior cesarean surgeries, she wished to attempt a “trial of labor,” that is, to give birth naturally, rather than having…

Reform in New York's Juvenile Justice System

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 4:12pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Yesterday, the Justice Department released a damning new report (PDF) about the horrible conditions in juvenile prisons in upstate New York. The story made the front page of the New York Times, and in…

A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families

A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:42am

This week, an Ohio federal jury awarded Christa Dias $171,000 after she was fired from her part-time teaching jobs at two religious schools. Dias had alleged that she was fired for becoming pregnant while unmarried. In response, the schools and the…

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:05am

After meeting with visitors, prisoners in a Michigan prison are forced to remove all of their clothing and spread open their vaginal lips as a guard peers into their vaginal cavities.

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